Qld, NSW blood donors dwindle over Aus Day long weekened

The Red Cross is once again urging Queenslanders and New South Welshmen to roll up their sleeves and donate blood, ahead of a predicted shortage over the Australia day weekend.

An extra 1,300 blood donors are needed across the Sunshine State and New South Wales over the weekend, to fill low bookings and boost blood stocks.

Lifeblood spokesperson Belinda Smetioukh says there’s an abundance of donors in Victoria, but Queensland and New South Wales are lacking.


“In the past month up to 400 people a day are cancelling or not showing up to their appointments in both NSW and QLD,” Ms Smetioukh said.

“The need for blood never takes a break, not for public holidays, or long weekends, and there are patients in hospitals relying on those 1,300 donations,” she said.

“Your blood donations are as essential as ever. Our donor centres are places of wellness and we have precautions in place to ensure donors can continue safely donating blood.

“Australia Day is all about celebrating our nation and most of all, it’s people.

“What better way to celebrate your fellow Australians than to give them the gift of life.”

Donor centres are hoping to fill bookings between Friday January 22 and Tuesday January 26.

To book a donation, call 13 14 95 or visit lifeblood.com.au

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